When recently researching the various side effects I've had from having mono as a kid, I came across something that surprised me: that mono is in the Epstein Barr family (which I kinda knew) and that it's believed that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is as well.
Well, let me tell you, after two flare ups in six months or so, I have enormous, everlasting respect for someone who has CFS. I don't know if I can explain how tired you actually feel, but let me try:
1. Every morning -- every morning -- during a flare up or when really sick, I wake up and immediately list in my head the things that *must* be done that day. Not "really should." Not "ought to." Not "oh, I'd love to write a little tonight." Nuh uh. It's: "Wake up, get dressed, work at school, type next week's journal, dinner, SLEEP."
2. My ability to multitask is utterly shot. A couple of weeks ago, I successfully ran a group consisting of Elastigirl, Bart, Bulldozer, and, I think, Smiley. Today, it was all I could do to keep track of PH and Bulldozer this morning.
3. My attention span is nil. I accidentally wrote "November" on four or five of Elastigirl's labels (she matches the name of the month) for next week. I counted wrong when making labels for M to do math with.
I lived through about six months of this in eighth grade. A week of it is driving me insane now.
So if any of my readers are diagnosed with CFS, I bow down to you in abject humility that you manage to function in the long term at all.